Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky broke into the home of the Petit family in July 2007. The only survivor from the attack on the family was Dr. William Petit, Jr. who was beaten with a baseball bat and left to die in the basement. Steven Hayes raped and strangled Dr. Petit’s wife, and the daughters Haley and Michaela were assaulted, restrained, and doused with gasoline. They died in the fire of smoke inhalation.
It is a case that many followed and when both defendants were convicted and sentenced to death for the murders, many breathed a sigh of relief that these men would never walk the streets a free man ever again. I am very much torn when it comes to the death penalty. There are definitely cases that are so egregious and horrific that cause me to yell “Take them to the gallows!”, but at the end of the day I question the absolute right of government to exact death. I’m really not sure how I feel about the death penalty and it is a subject that causes much turmoil when discussed.
Steven Hayes was sentenced to death for his crimes and has been sitting in a Connecticut prison for years. He has recently declared that he wishes to waive direct appeal and go straight to the death chamber. Why is he ready to call it a day?
“I cannot live with the intense tourcher [sic], torment, harrassment, and the resulting psychological trauma dished out by the Dept. of Corr. staff here at Northern.” (October 11, 2012)
He cannot live with the torture and harassment of the Department of Corrections. He cannot take another day of the psychological trauma being dished out to him behind the prison walls. I wonder if Hayes thinks of the psychological trauma that Dr. Petit endures and will continue to endure for the rest of his life because he and his co-defendant killed off his family?
In this instance, I’m not feeling much sympathy for Steven Hayes and if he wants to check out, perhaps the State will oblige him quickly.